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Jun

Modernize or Replace? Upgrading Your Crane

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Proper efficiency planning is vital for companies if they are to remain competitive in local and global markets. It is an ongoing process, usually done as often as the Operations team deems necessary. Planning extends to the financials, equipment and to any areas that keep the industry running its best. Reliable Equipment Equipment is the lifeblood of manufacturing and industrial businesses. Amongst the major equipment that is needed is a durable crane. It is not uncommon for crane equipment to be pushed beyond its normal working capacity. Normal is generally considered 25 years of working condition when bought new. Anything beyond those operational years needs to be re-evaluated. Either your crane equipment needs to be replaced or it needs modernization. Correcting a poor performing crane helps make your operations run smoother and protects the safety and security of your workers. Therefore, once it has reached 25 years to a maximum…

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29
Sep

Are There Education Minimums To Becoming A Trucker?

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In Ontario, there is no minimum education level to be a trucker. However, to be a trucker you will have to go through several tests. Here is what to expect: Who Can Take the Tests? The tests to get a trucker license is given by the government of Ontario. It is open only to people who: Are 18 years of age or older; Have a clean driving record; and Have passed a Ministry of Transportation (MTO) medical checkup. The checkup is taken at your own expense and will cost around $60. It will find whether you can physically handle the long hours and stresses of truck driving to make sure you won’t fall unconscious at the wheel. The checkup may find small possible problems, like high blood-pressure, poor blood sugar regulation, or asthma. Even if you have these problems, you can see a specialist to come up with a treatment…

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14
Sep

How Important Is A Good Sleep For Truckers?

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Sleep is essential for people of all ages and of all professions but many suffer from sleep deprivation or just don’t get enough sleep. As a trucker, who is constantly on the road working long hours, your sleep schedule changes and often times it suffers. But your sleep needs to be a priority. As important as it is to get from point A to point B, your overall health and safety is most important. Signs of Exhaustion While Driving If you are extremely tired, your body will let you know. At time when you find yourself highly moody and irritable, you may be experiencing early warning signs that your body needs rest and your mind needs sleep. The next stage of symptoms will include slowed or slurred speech, apathy, impaired memory, the inability to multitask and inappropriate emotional responses. If these symptoms occur, that’s your cue to get off the…

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9
Sep

5 Safest Roads In North America

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There are a lot of ways to measure the “safest” road: lowest impaired driving rates, fewest total accidents, fewest injuries, fewest fatalities, safest urban roads, safest rural roads, etc. Each measure gives a slightly different ranking. We crunched the stats together to find the safest roads overall, and here’s how it breaks down. Nevada Nevada loves its Highway 15, and it shows. The beautifully maintained highway is one of the safest in the world, particularly because of the sunny Nevada weather that keeps rain and fog to an absolute minimum. Only impaired driving in Vegas keeps Nevada from being the safest place to drive in the United States. Utah Utah, a practical state that loves its truck stops, takes road safety seriously. Utah’s road infrastructure ranks among the best in the country. Even better, the Mormon Church’s longstanding stance against fun has led to a bottom-basement impaired driving rate. In…

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31
Aug

8 Ways To Avoid Distracted Driving

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Did you know? Drivers who are on their cell phones while driving are four times more likely to be in a collision. Source: aaafoundation.org Driving requires your full attention. If you want to be a good driver that cares about your own safety as well as the safety of those around you, keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel while driving. By taking your eyes off the road to check your cell phone for the latest hockey score or to make your plans for the evening, you are putting yourself and others in harms way. When it comes to distracted driving, it doesn’t just mean you can’t talk on your handheld cell phone, it means that you can’t text, dial, email or engage in any other entertainment on your communication’s device. But distracted driving also includes personal grooming, eating, drinking and fatigue. The only devices…

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26
Aug

Must Have Items In A Truck Driver’s Emergency Box

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Truckers get the opportunity to travel and they enjoy a degree of independence, but the joys of driving a big rig on the open road could ultimately give way to despair in the event of an emergency. If trucking is your profession, don’t allow improper planning to leave you in a tight spot. Whether caused by weather conditions, errors by other motorists or other events beyond your control, emergencies can happen. You can be prepared in the event that you come face to face with the unexpected. Read on to get some information on must-have items in a truck driver’s emergency box! Different strokes for different folks First things first, you need to understand that what you bring in your emergency kit will depend largely on the type of driver you are. For example, you will pack a different emergency kit depending on whether you are on the road for…

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